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(Best read in Leonard Nimoy's voice)

I am Spock, son of Sarek, of the planet Vulcan. I was originally slated to be a scientist, studying under the Vulcan Science Academy, but due to certain... disagreements with the heads of the Academy, I was instead motivated to pursue a career in Starfleet. For most of my service history I have been stationed on the Federation starship Enterprise, where I previously served under Captain Christopher Pike, but more recently I have served under Captain James Tiberius Kirk. My assigned role as a crew member of the ship is to serve the dual role of first officer and science officer. In addition to this, I advise the captain and ensure that his human emotionalism does not lead the ship into danger.

It appears you have found the page that details me as a person, so I presume you must in some way be curious about the subject. I must warn you beforehand that by your human standards, we Vulcans might come across as highly private people, and we do not tend to think of ourself or personal lives as subjects of very much interest, and indeed, I am myself rarely disposed to discuss personal matters. But I shall attempt my best to accommodate and satisfy your inquiries into the matter.

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Tropes in which I have been involved include:

  • Accidental Hug: This nearly occurred when I discovered that I had not killed Captain Kirk during a moment of insanity. I was, after all, relieved that Starfleet had not lost a highly efficient captain.
  • Ambadassador: Though I left Starfleet to pursue a life of peace-making, I am still fully capable of defending myself if necessary.
  • Arranged Marriage: I was betrothed by my family when I was seven years old. My intended bride and I parted under less-than-positive circumstances. (I believe this is what you humans refer to as "an understatement".)
  • Back from the Dead: I was resurrected with the help of the Genesis planet, which is recorded in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Ordinarily, I am a vegetarian, a stoic, and a Technical Pacifist. However, undoing my emotional control or forcing me to do my duty in protecting Captain Kirk is...unwise.
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  • Bizarre Alien Biology: The fact that my physiology differs from that of humans (notably, the location of my heart and liver) pleases me to no end. And my inner-eyelids certainly proved to be extremely convenient on one occasion.
  • Blue-Green Blood: The meaning of this idiomatic term is implied to be accurate. My father is a prestigious Federation ambassador and T'Pau, one of the most powerful people on Vulcan, officiates at (what should have been) my marriage.
  • Boomerang Bigot: While it is true I have human blood, I much preferred to be associated with Vulcan for much of my life, perhaps due to my relationship with my father and the Fantastic Racism I experienced whilst growing up on Vulcan. This altered in my later years.
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  • The Comically Serious: Given my lack of emotions and frequent misunderstandings, I found myself creating merriment.
  • Court-Martialed: I found myself on trial for traveling to Talos 4. I admit that I expected this, but what I did was necessary to help Captain Pike.
  • The Creon: I only took command of the Enterprise when Kirk was promoted, and returned the position when the opportunity arose. Additionally, despite being already a captain and in command of the Enterprise, I never received my own commission: I kept my position as first-officer under Kirk.
    • Subordinate Excuse: There are some who theorize that I continued to serve as first officer to Kirk even after my promotion to Captain out of friendship.
  • Cuteness Proximity: It is not very logical to allow such a subjective measurement as "cuteness" to cloud your better judgement. This is why I am completely immune to the effects of small "fuzzy" creatures such as the so-called "Tribbles"... I do, however, find that petting Tribbles whenever you come across them seems perfectly logical. I have also observed that they have an affinity for Vulcans. They are, after all, very perceptive creatures.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sardonic comments are often required among the illogical humans with whom I serve. Doctor McCoy seems especially intent on deliberately bringing this out in me.
  • Defrosting Ice King: It took years of time with my human crewmates for me to accept my emotions.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: I once shot a highly powerful being with a photon torpedo and a disruptor cannon. It was threatening the captain.
  • Forgets to Eat: When fascinated by something, I sometimes forgo comestibles, as recorded in "Amok Time" and "The Paradise Syndrome." Depending on the situation, this state of affairs may continue for days or weeks.
  • Friendless Background: I had not even what comradeship Vulcans are permitted as a child, owing to the Half-Breed Discrimination on Vulcan.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Doctor McCoy has no compunctions about telling me that I am "a cold-blooded, computerized alien", but even he acknowledges that I always have the best interests of the ship and her crew in mind.
  • Guile Hero: Violence is not a logical response to a problem and Vulcan philosophy promotes pacifism. I would rather out-think my adversaries than out-fight them. Though I must admit that Captain Kirk has occasionally proven better at this task, as his unconventional tactics have sometimes successfully found a way where my logical approach was insufficient.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: My father was the Vulcan ambassador Sarek. My mother was human. I admit that I have at times spent too much time denying this aspect of myself, and eventually coming to terms with it was a primary part of my personal growth.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: During the second encounter with Khan, I performed necessary repairs on the warp drive and subsequently died from radiation exposure. Although Doctor McCoy would probably dismiss it as a "bad excuse", it seemed a perfectly logical decision at the time to offer up my own life rather than let the crew perish. This act is something I would relay to my younger self in an alternate timeline when he too faced a similar threat.
  • Insult Backfire: Doctor McCoy has frequently attempted to chastise me for my lack of overt human sentimentality, to which I would respond with my thanks.
  • Living Legend: My intended mate referred to me as "much known among our people" and my reputation only grew through my efforts to achieve a lasting peace with the Klingons and my subsequent ambassadorial career.
  • Long-Lived: Vulcans have lifespans that are shown to be longer than those of humans. I aged far less than Doctor McCoy during the interlude between our time and that of the Enterprise D.
  • Long-Lost Relative: I do have a couple of those, but the circumstances surrounding their existence are convoluted and... controversial in both official and less official circles. It should tell you everything that I never mention one of them unless asked directly, and I will never discuss the other one because I am simply not allowed to.
  • Ludicrous Precision: As a Vulcan, it is logical to our species to always strive for punctuality, and I always frequently give time estimates down to the second.
  • Martial Pacifist: As much as I deplore violence, I will fight if it is necessary to defend my captain, my crew, or The Federation itself.
  • Mate or Die: I would...prefer not to discuss this.
  • Mayfly–December Friendship: Vulcans can live for centuries, but humans are less long-lived.
  • My Future Self and Me: At one point, I was required to visit my personal history to save my younger self from death.
  • Nerves of Steel: In such situations encouraging fear, I as ever have it under control to deal with the matter at hand.
  • Never Accepted in His Hometown: Despite the Vulcan culture being focused on embracing logic, other Vulcans still held the human part of part of my biological makeup against me, despite my intellectual and academic performance according to all tests being on par with theirs. When I was faced with it once more during my successful application for the Vulcan Science Academy, I finally realized that I would never be fully able to escape it as long as I lived amongst other Vulcans. The only logical answer to that conundrum, from my point of view at least, was to join Starfleet, where I could excel in the scientific field without the distraction of always being reminded of my "disadvantage".
  • Only One Name: My full name has never been officially revealed. Some have advanced the possibility that it is S'chn T'gai Spock. It matters not, as it is unpronounceable to humans.
  • Ret Gone: I was temporarily erased from existence due to a mistake with Time Travel. The existential implications of this are fascinating, but disturbing.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: My loyalty to the captain is matched by few others. However, this will not prevent me from delivering a sardonic comment.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: I would prefer not to discuss how...overemotional I became when Nurse Chapel exposed me to Harry Mudd's Love Potion.
  • Signature Move: The neck-pinch. It incapacitates my opponent without causing serious harm, which makes it ideal for a pacifist.
  • Smart People Play Chess: When off-duty, I frequently engage Captain Kirk in a game of 3-dimensional chess.
  • Soul Jar: I was forced to use Doctor McCoy as one before my death. Fortunately, he seems to harbor no resentment towards me.
  • Spock Speak: Some people have reported to, and even complained about finding the Vulcan manner of speaking both bizarrely eloquent and overly complicated, but we find that adhering to as objective and precise use of verbal language as possible remains the most efficient manner of communicating information with other sapient beings.
  • The Stoic: Owing to my Vulcan ancestry and upbringing, I refused to show emotion for years. I even attempted undergoing a traditional Vulcan rite to purge myself entirely of all emotions. A large part of my personal growth as an individual, however, was coming to the realization and acceptance of the fact that — though troubled as I may be by them at times — my emotions ultimately remain a part of who I am.
    • Not So Stoic: Though I do not like to admit it, part of me is still and will always be irrevocably human, and despite striving to I cannot always keep it subdued. As a result, I have experienced occasional lapses in my emotional control and better judgment in times of extreme stress.
    • Stoic Woobie: Many seem to pity me for my difficult past and my lack of reaction to the same.
  • Super Strength: My Vulcan physiology makes me three times more powerful than a human.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: It is an accurate assessment that my hair is dark and that my height is greater than many humanoid beings. I also engage in sardonic comments when necessary. However, I fail to see how this inspires the attraction human females seem to have for this combination.
  • The Not-Love Interest: The captain is extremely attached to me, also doing things such as staring at me for long periods, and being more attached to me than to his "lady" the Enterprise. On my side, Edith Keeler judged I belonged "at his side, as though I had always been there and always would be." However, despite rumors, the relationship is not romantic. The Captain's interest in the female sex should make that quite clear.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Vulcans do not "squee." However, I did briefly suffer a lapse in emotional control upon meeting Surak. However, I quickly deduced that Surak was no more the historical figure than Lincoln.
  • The Teetotaler: Vulcans prefer to avoid alcohol. I have imbibed on extremely rare occasions, however.
  • This Is No Time for Knitting: I will approach problems with the methods of my choosing within proper professional considerations and I will let the results speak for themselves.
  • The Worf Effect: I have been defeated by some creatures, which were deemed formidable adversaries.
  • Token Nonhuman: I was the only visible non-human in the crew during the early days. Later, others like Lieutenants Arex and M'Ress were introduced.
  • Touch Telepathy: The Vulcan mind meld. I am capable of influencing minds without physical contact, though.
  • Undying Loyalty: I once told Captain Kirk that "a starship runs on loyalty to one man and nothing can replace it or him." In my case, Captain Kirk is that man.
    • I was also fully ready to risk execution by breaking Federation regulations about staying away from Talos 4 in order to help my former commanding officer, Captain Pike.
  • Unwanted Spouse: I admit to being less than eager for my union with my intended bride, and she had become involved with another Vulcan. Her efforts to avoid the marriage could have been quite disastrous if not for the good doctor.
  • Verbal Tic: While I would not refer to it as a "tic", I tend to fit the word "logic" and the permutations thereof into sentences endlessly.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Although Doctor McCoy and I frequently engage in battles of wit, we do have a certain... regard for each other. I admit that logic cannot fully explain it.
  • You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: If I ever forgo Captain Kirk's title for his nickname, "Jim", it is a sign of extreme circumstances.

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